All new food and beverage items on the menu when the Marketplace opened previously appeared at Fleur de Lys at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.
Photos of Menu Items from the France Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
*NEW* Feuilleté d’Escargots à la Crème d’Ail Et Persil: Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce – $5.75
For the price, you get a really nice-sized portion. You could share it if you wanted to. This year’s iteration features a round puff pastry, as opposed to the more croissant-like versions of the past. Thankfully, it’s still as flaky and buttery as always. The sauce has a very strong garlic flavor, which compliments the butter of the pastry. There were full bits of escargot in our dish. Now if the idea of eating snails turns you off, we encourage you to reconsider. In the expert hands of the France Pavilion chefs, they taste purely like butter and garlic, making this extremely decadent. This is a very good dish, and one we highly recommend. Compared to the mixed reviews we gave to the other items at this Marketplace, this is an easy standout.
*NEW* Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust – $5.50
The goat cheese tart was fine, but not worth the price. I mean, it’s good, but why pay that much for a tiny piece of bread with onions and goat cheese?
*NEW* Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – $6.25
Our crew gave this duck mixed reviews. Some really liked it, and others didn’t. There’s a mashed sweet potato underneath, and it’s not awful, but nothing great, either. The flavors are nice when you combine all bits. The sauce, meat, and parmesan chip combined made the whole better than the sum of its parts. Some of us loved it, and some of us tried to love it.
*NEW* Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and served with Raspberry Coulis – $3.00
It didn’t look like much, but the pastry, filling, and the sauce surprised us. The raspberry coulis is thick with a strong flavor. It might look like salt on top, but it’s actually a very delicate sugar crystal. Thankfully, it’s not too sweet. The custard and cake are dense. The custard has a sweet light taste, but it’s pretty thick. We thought the ratio of bread to custard was perfect.
From Kronenbourg: “1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges is original with a very complex fruitiness characterized by raspberry flavors with subtle notes of exotic fruit and coriander. The pink-amber color and hazy body with white head make Kronenbourg Fruit Rouges a light refreshing wheat beer treat with a fruity twist.”
*NEW* VeRy Raspberry: Rosé Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor ($9/bottle) – $5.75
From Luneau USA Inc., VeRy Raspberry has “as pale pink color as the raspberry pulp,” with an aroma that’s “subtle and round on the nose with persistent aromas of raspberry.” They add, “fresh and silky on the palate, this wine is the perfect balance between good acidity and the roundness of the raspberry.”
From Madison Wine Exchange: “Fairly restrained on the nose with some hints of spicy black fruits, which follow through to the palate. This has a touch of high toned aromatics suggestive of black cherries or plums, and there are some firm tannins drying the finish.”
*NEW* Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Château Tarin ($10/bottle) – $6.00
From Luneau USA Inc., the Bordeaux has “dark brooding black cherry fruit enhanced by balanced acidity in the finish.” The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
France once again brings an alcoholic slushy to the Festival. This time it’s a very floral and fruity vodka concoction that’s a light pink color. It actually smells like a rose! The St. Germain Liqueur doesn’t overpower the cranberry and orange flavors, which makes for a well balanced cocktail. Recommended.
Location of the France Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
The France Marketplace is located on World Showcase Promenade across from the France Pavilion.